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Poster: tank_tuba Date: Feb 7, 2009 5:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77 Revisited (Sorry)

No need to apologize. There's a reason this show is spoken of so frequently. It is riveting to listen to. Plain and simple. It's not over rated. It's not over played. It's not the best of '77. It's not the best of any year.

But it is exceptional. With out a doubt, it is a great show. The Dead played 100's of phenomenal shows, and this is just one of them.

I don't understand why people feel they have to be apologetic for liking this show. It's like they're admitting they still like the Bee Gees or confessing some other closely guarded secret. And I also don't understand why people feel the need to state other shows are better at the expense of this show. I mean, I prefer 5/9/77 over 5/8/77. It doesn't mean 5/9 is a better show, it just means that I like it more. But I'm a sucker for a fine H>S>F and 5/9 has an excellent version. But, they are really different shows. I think listening to them both in succession is a sweet one, two aural punch to the melon that will leave you dazed and pleasantly content.

If you listen to this show without any preconceived notion of any other show from '77, the only conclusion you can come to is that it is an excellent, excellent gig. It's undeniable.

Peace.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Feb 8, 2009 1:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77 Revisited (Sorry)

I still like the BeeGees. Wow that feels better. Thanks.

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Poster: tank_tuba Date: Feb 8, 2009 3:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77 Revisited (Sorry)

Yeah, me too. Through my life I've owned copies of the Grease soundtrack on 8-track, LP, and CD.

But I've also found that you don't score a lot of points with the ladies if you can hit those falsetto notes.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Feb 8, 2009 7:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77 Revisited (Sorry)

tell it to Frankie Valli, the ladies love him!

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 8, 2009 12:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77 Revisited (Sorry)

MandoJammer...

I agree that what's most interesting about the 5/8/77 S>F is in fact the "breathability" of the version...I don't think it;'s the best one, and in fact I think the Fire actually goes on a bit longer than it needs to, but it's a little like how a great comedian like Jack Benny could get a bigger laugh by pausing and saying nothing rather than trying to fill the spaces with a lot of needless overkill...it's a great version as others pointed out, too, b/c Phil really leads the way and both songs--but espcially Fire--are just MADE for the bass.

Overally, never apologize for Barton Hall. Like anything that's astoundingly popular, it suffers from the backlash effect, but it must be mentioned in any "best of" Dead show discussion...even if there are in fact better shows from that same year (and I do believe there are.)

Besides, everyone knows 10/29/77 is the best show the Dead ever played ;-)